Delete very large System queued Windows Error Reporting files in Windows 10
In case you don’t know, Windows contains a feedback mechanism that generates error reports from hardware and software problems. These reports are temporarily stored in the system and send them back to Microsoft so that it can find solutions to the reported problems and fix them in the upcoming updates. However, as time goes by, these reports actually take a lot of space in your computer which is why end users like you are free to delete them with the help of the new Free Up Space feature in Windows 10.
As useful the Free Up Space feature may be, there are times when you won’t be able to use it for some reason which is why in this post, you will be guided on how to use alternative ways in deleting very large System queued Windows Error Reporting file, some of which may run in Gigabytes.
Every time the Windows Error Reporting or WER sends out an error file and looks for a solution, the WER server at Microsoft sends out a solution instantly. And if the solution is under investigation or is unknown, then you will be notified about it right away and will be asked for more details.
As mentioned, even though the Free Up Space feature in Settings will be able to clear the error reporting files, there are instances when it won’t be able to delete very large system queued Windows Error Reporting files. Alternatively, there is an option to delete these files using the Disk Cleanup Utility.
Feel free to select which option you’d like to use to get rid of Windows Error Reporting Files.
Option 1 – Delete Windows Error Reporting Files via Settings
- Go to Settings.
- From there, go to System > Storage > Free Up Space and then click on it to launch it.
- Afterwards, give it some time to populate all the files and folders. Once it’s done, select “System created Windows Error Reporting files” to mark its checkbox while leave the other options unchecked.
- Next, click on the Remove files button to delete all the Windows Error Reporting files from your computer.
Option 2 – Manually delete the Windows Error Reporting Files
- Tap the Win + E keys to open File Explorer.
- Next, enable the Hidden Files view from the menu.
- Then go to C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsWER.
- From there, you will see various folders like LocalReportArchive, ReportArchive, ReportQueue, and Temp.
- Open each one of the aforementioned folders and delete the archive files. Note that these files will have names similar to “00c58c1f-b836-4703-9bcf-c699ca24d285”.
Note: If you are not able to delete any of these files, you have to take ownership of the folder. To do so, refer to these steps:
- Right click on the folder and then select Properties.
- Next, click on the Edit button in the Properties window and click OK to confirm if you got a User Account Control elevation request.
- After that, select user/group from the permission windows or click on the Add button to add other user or group. It would be best if you add “Everyone” to give permission.
- Then check “Full Control” under the “Allow” column to assign full access rights control permissions.
- Now edit the permission to Full Control for “Everyone”.
- Click OK to save the changes made and then exit.
On the other hand, if you do not want to go all these troubles in deleting the Windows Error Reporting files, you can just disable it especially if it already becomes a daily annoyance as the files generates every day and their sizes are mostly gigabytes. And besides, there are times when these files do not make it to the Microsoft WER server and ends up only occupying a lot of space for nothing.
Just like the Free Up Space feature in Windows 10, there is also another program that could help you free up some space in your computer. What makes this program better than Storage Sense is that aside from helping you free up space in your computer, it helps you in fixing whatever issue your system is facing. This program is known as Restoro and is a useful tool that could repair corrupted registries and optimize your PC’s overall performance, including high CPU usage of some program in your system. Aside from that, it also cleans out your computer for any junk or corrupted files that help you eliminate any unwanted files from your system. This is basically a solution that’s within your grasp with just a click. It’s easy to use as it is user-friendly. For complete set of instructions in downloading and using it, refer to the steps below.
- Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot it.
- After that, the BIOS screen will be displayed, but if Windows pops up instead, reboot your computer and try again. Once you’re on the BIOS screen, repeat pressing F8, by doing so the Advanced Option shows up.
- To navigate the Advanced Option use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
- Windows will now load the Safe Mode with Networking.
- Press and hold both R key and Windows key.
- If done correctly, the Windows Run Box will show up.
- Type in the URL address, https://errortools.com/download/restoro in the Run dialog box and then tap Enter or click OK.
- After that, it will download the program. Wait for the download to finish and then open the launcher to install the program.
- Once the installation process is completed, run Restoro to perform a full system scan.
- After the scan is completed click the “Fix, Clean & Optimize Now” button.